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Killis Almond Architects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Sarasota Opera House was originally the A.D. Edwards Theatre, which opened in 1926, and was named after Sarasota’s first Mayor. It is characteristic of Mediterranean Revival Style architecture which was very common in Florida at that time. The original Edwards Theatre showcased operas, musicals, silent films, vaudeville and continued to show talking films until 1936 when it was forced into bankruptcy due to the depression. In 1939, the theatre was renamed the Florida Theatre, and in 1952, the “Greatest Show on Earth”, directed by Cecil D. DeMille, was filmed in Sarasota and premiered at the Florida Theatre.

Sarasota Opera House

Category

Theatre

Date

December 28, 2015

Client

Sarasota Opera House

Outstanding Achievement

Historic
Florida
2010

Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Field Restoration! Rehabilitation

Florida Trust

Building 2265

next project in: Building
completed: 29 December 2015

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